Private Walter Cochrane

Private Walter Cochrane, 10th ( Service ) Battalion, Cameronians ( Scottish Rifles ). He was killed in action in France, aged 42, on 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He had been born in North Shields and was the son of the late Walter Cochrane of Railway Street, Berwick and the husband of Margaret Jane Cochrane. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. The first photo  shows an actual attack as the troops disappear into the ghostly clouds of smoke and gas. This was the first time the British Army used gas in the War. The second shows the village of Loos after capture. The artists nightmarish illustration shows a Battalion attack at Loos with the troops wearing their gas hoods and using primitive grenades.

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